Karo Murat

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Karo Murat
Karo Murat 2008-09.jpg
Murat in 2008
Real name Karen Muratyan
Rated at Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality German
Born (1983-09-02) 2 September 1983 (age 33)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 34
Wins 30
Wins by KO 17
Losses 3
Draws 1

Karo Murat (Armenian: Կարո Մուրատ, born Karen Muratyan (Armenian: Կարապետ Մուրադյան; 2 September 1983) is an Armenian-German professional boxer and world title challenger. He is a former European super middleweight champion and the current IBF International light heavyweight champion.

Boxing career[edit]

Early professional career[edit]

Murat made his professional debut in Hessen, Germany on 23 September 2006 defeating Matus Sestak. Three more fights during his debut year resulted in three more wins including a victory in Austria on 18 November. A very busy 2007 saw Murat fight another eleven times again winning on each occasion and travelling to Russia, Spain, Austria and Switzerland and well as fighting a number of times in Germany. Of his victories during the year, of particular note were wins over Jermain MacKay on 18 August 2007 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin and Emiliano Cayetano at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld on 29 December 2007. Both fighters had boasted only one defeat so far in their careers with Mackay and Cayetano both former Caribbean champions.[1]

European Super Middleweight Champion[edit]

On 16 February 2008, in his first fight of the year, Murat defeated Sergey Kharchenko at the Nuremberg Arena to lift the EBU-EE Super Middleweight title via stoppage in the 10th round. In his next fight, Murat travelled to Neubrandenburg to fight for the full European belt against Cristian Sanavia on 12 April 2008, winning with a 12-round unanimous decision. A first defence in Bielefeld on 20 September 2008 resulted in a majority points win over Spain's Gabriel Campillo before meeting Sanavia again on 28 February 2009. The re-match again in Neubrandenburg saw Murat once again come out on top, this time stopping Sanavia in the 10th round and registering a second successful defence of the title.[1]

Move to Light Heavyweight[edit]

Having achieved success at super middleweight, Murat moved up to light heavyweight and fought Serhiy Demchencko to win the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title via unanimous decision on 29 August 2009 in Halle.[2][3] His first defence against Guyana's Sean Corbin resulted in a second round stoppage win on 30 January 2010. Murat successfully defended his title once more on 1 May 2010 beating Tommy Karpency over 12 rounds, knocking him down in the second, in Oldenburg, Germany.[4] On September 18, 2010 Murat faced Nathan Cleverly in a WBO Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator, losing for the first time in his career by a tenth-round TKO.[1] The bout was waved off by the referee as the 10th round was about to commence, following a doctor's inspection in the corner between rounds. There were no bruises or blood on Karo's face and he was instantly furious at the referee's poor decision. He rebounded from the defeat on 12 February 2011 with an eight-round points win over Christian Cruz[5] and followed this on 7 May 2011 winning the IBF version of the Inter-continental title against American boxer Otis Griffin with an 11th round stoppage.[6] He made his first defence of the title in a rematch against Spaniard Gabriel Campillo on 1 October 2011 in a fight which was also billed as an IBF Title Eliminator with the fighters earning a draw, the first of Murat's career.[1] Murat then faced the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins on October 26, 2013 in Atlantic City, and lost by unanimous decision.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 3 Loss (2 knockout, 1 decisions), 1 Draw[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 27-3-1 Cuba Sullivan Barrera KO 5 (12) 12/12/2015 United States Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator
Win 27-2-1 Germany Benjamin Simon TKO 7 (12) 25/04/2015 Germany Columbiahalle, Kreuzberg, Berlin Vacant IBF International Light heavyweight title
Win 26-2-1 Germany Leo Tchoula TKO 4 (10) 31/10/2014 Germany Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen
Lost 25-2-1 United States Bernard Hopkins UD 12 26/10/2013 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 25-1-1 Georgia (country) Sandro Siproshvili TKO 7 (8) 02/06/2012 Denmark Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark
Draw 24-1-1 Spain Gabriel Campillo SD 12 01/10/2011 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title. IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 24–1 United States Otis Griffin TKO 11 (12) 07/05/2011 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 23–1 United States Christian Cruz UD 8 12/02/2011 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss 22–1 United Kingdom Nathan Cleverly RTD 9 (12) 18/09/2010 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom WBO Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Win 22–0 United States Tommy Karpency UD 12 01/05/2010 Germany Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 Trinidad and Tobago Shawn Corbin TKO 2 (12) 30/01/2010 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 20–0 Ukraine Serhiy Demchenko UD 12 29/08/2009 Germany Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 Italy Cristian Sanavia TKO 10 (12) 28/02/2009 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Retained European Super Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 Spain Gabriel Campillo MD 12 20/09/2008 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained European Super Middleweight title.
Win 17–0 Italy Cristian Sanavia UD 12 12/04/2008 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Won European Super Middleweight title.
Win 16–0 Russia Sergey Kharchenko TKO 10 (12) 16/02/2008 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany Won vacant EBU-EE Super Middleweight title.
Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Emiliano Cayetano TKO 7 (8) 29/12/2007 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 14–0 Hungary Gabor Balogh TKO 1 (8) 24/11/2007 Austria Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria
Win 13–0 Hungary Szabolcs Rimovszky KO 2 (8) 15/09/2007 Austria Frankie`s BF Arena, Oberpullendorf, Austria
Win 12–0 The Bahamas Jermain Mackey UD 8 18/08/2007 Germany Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Win 11–0 Russia Sergey Botnikov KO 4 (4) 30/06/2007 Russia Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia
Win 10–0 Belgium Mustapha Stini RTD 2 (6) 26/05/2007 Germany Jako Arena, Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
Win 9–0 Uruguay Nicolas Perillo UD 6 08/05/2007 Spain Pabellon San Jose, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Win 8–0 Russia Sergey Gribkov UD 6 24/03/2007 Russia Yunost, Kaliningrad, Russia
Win 7–0 Latvia Pavels Lotahs UD 6 03/03/2007 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Win 6–0 Croatia Mirko Sinovcic TKO 1 (6) 17/02/2007 Germany Universal Hall, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Win 5–0 Belgium Yves Romainville KO 1 (6) 20/01/2007 Switzerland St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland
Win 4–0 Belgium Biagio Patera UD 4 16/12/2006 Germany BigBox, Kempten, Bayern, Germany
Win 3–0 Czech Republic Petr Rykala TKO 1 (4) 18/11/2006 Austria Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria
Win 2–0 Germany Tanju Guenes KO 1 (4) 04/11/2006 Germany RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 1–0 Slovakia Matus Sestak KO 1 (4) 23/09/2006 Germany Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany


  1. ^ a b c d e f Emiliano Cayetano professional record. Boxrec. Retrieved on 2013-10-27. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "boxrec" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Murat vacates Euro belt to move up to light heavyweight. Pan Armenian (2009-08-21). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  3. ^ Murat : It was hard to part with Euro belt. Armtown. 2009-08-21.
  4. ^ Murat beats Karpency and retains belt. PanArmenian.net (2010-05-03). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  5. ^ Boxing reports - inc Murat vs. Cruz. Seconds Out (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  6. ^ "Local boxer beaten in Germany" Sacramento Bee

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